I sold half of the Christmas ornaments, 3/4 of my bottle stoppers, two of my four maple burl bandsaw boxes (the two large ones did not sell) two of the ten hand mirrors (i dropped the price from $75 and sold one at $55 to the jewelry vendor next to me, $60 to a customer), none of the photo frames sold although my fiance is taking them to work tomorrow (along with some bottle stoppers) because some coworkers are interested in them. Some customer’s took my business card and said they would contact me about some other projects they’d like to work with me on. We’ll see how that goes.
I was surprised to see none of the nativity scene ornament sets moved. I originally on the first day priced them at $200 for the whole set. My dad gave me some advice that night and recommended that I break down the price on the set by individual price, then show the discounted price of $200. So i did that on Sunday, but business was slow and didn’t have any bites. I will list them on etsy and on my website and hopefully they’ll move.
There was a nice man who wants to commission me to make some harmonica cases for him (two). One made of maple burl, the other would have depiction of him in the intarsia style of him playing his harmonica. He showed me a few of his harmonica cases and he had quite a collection on him.
I am proud to say my business is in the black! My fellow crafters reported sales within $200-500 of mine, so I feel like I did a really good job for my first show. I am happy to have gotten the merchant account so i could accept credit cards. That accounted for over 3/4 of my business. also ending my prices in zero or five made making change a lot easier (tax was included in all prices)
We also had a video of me working on the crafts. Many people would initially tell my fiance that he did great work. He was quick to correct them and told them I did everything and people were amazed. One little girl was watching the video and she turned to my fiance and said “you do good work mister.” When i told her it was me who was doing the work she was like “you did this?!” and i proudly said “yup, women can do wood working too” to which the very nice lady in the next booth over shouted “you tell her Christina!”
The people who’s booths were next to me were very kind and gave me advice. They thought my booth was lovely and invited me to join their hand crafter’s guild. I already sent an email to join their Handcrafters Guild, so I’ll probably join up with them soon..
So for now i will list my items on etsy through the week to increase exposure.
Thanks for reading!!